Mistress of Disguise

Because modern clothes are stupid

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Finally got to see the new Star Trek series! I'm tentatively going to say it's good, but the first two episodes are very much prequel-ly setup stuff, so we'll see how the rest of the show plays out. I mentally cannot set it in pre-TOS era, though, it's visually too divorced from the original series. In my own head canon it's post-Voyager, post-Dominion war, 500 years from the last Prime universe film, which makes all the new tech, uniforms, visuals, and the new look of the Klingons make so much more sense.

Other than that, I picked up the pattern for the bridesmaid dress, but didn't have the umph to actually cut out a mockup. Maybe tonight. If nothing else, I have the weekend ahead of me to get it done. There may be flower shopping in Dallas in the morning, but I should be able to get the mockup put together in the afternoon.

Having to make this bridesmaid dress is really slowing down my costuming mojo. I feel guilty working on anything else, but I have so many big costume projects that need to be worked on that I should be working on them. Ugh. Maybe waistcoat stuff will happen today. Fingers crossed.

I am totally exhausted from this weekend. It was non-stop running around and cleaning. My German relatives get here in a couple of weeks for the wedding, so the "scrub everything because of guests" marathon has commenced. I packed up another shelf in the now-former sewing room, and boxed up all my trims and ribbons, then disassembled one of the wire shelves I had put up for the trims. After all that, the room barely looks any different. ~sighs~ There's a long way to go, but if I work on it a bit at a time, I should get there. I also managed a heavy scrubbing of the guest bathroom, as well as 8 loads of laundry, all of this on Saturday.

Saturday evening was the bridal shower that my sister's friends threw for her, which was really more of a "hey, lets all drink by the pool!" sort of affair. I stayed for a couple of hours before heading back home and doing more laundry.

Sunday was a cake day. I took the things I had packed up to the storage unit, hit the store for supplies, which was insane because Walmart on a weekend day is a hellhole, and came home and baked a sample cake for my sister's wedding cake. The sponge itself turned out great, but the icing was horrible. I hate buttercream, but it's what she requested. Thankfully, she didn't end up liking it, either, so I'm going to do another cake with fondant and mascarpone next weekend and see if that's better. We had a family dinner, then after everyone disbursed, I did more laundry. ~dies of laundry overdose~

Somewhere in there, I managed to squeeze in enough time to cut out the interfacing for M's waistcoat, and together one pocket flap. I'm really loving what the horsehair canvas is doing for the waistcoat! I have one side with me at work today for when it gets slow, so I can stitch the front interfacing in and maybe get the pocket bag done.

I tried to do a mockup of the bridesmaids dress on Saturday night, but for some reason it just would not cooperate. I ended up trashing three mockups before finally giving up. I finally gave in and looked for a pattern that I could butcher to get what I want, which I'm going to pick up after work tonight. I'll do another mockup once I'm home, so hopefully I can get it wrapped up fairly quickly after that. Ugh.

My sister has also totally checked out of wedding planning. I think she's become overwhelmed. She has never planned any event bigger than a backyard barbecue, so something like this is totally out of her wheelhouse. I managed to find most of what she doesn't have yet - linens, vases for floral arrangements, and dinnerware, so now it just needs to be ordered. This all should have been ordered long ago, and there's less than a month before the big day, so having it here on time is a big "maybe". Mom and I have basically taken over the rest of the planning since whenever we mention something she either says "I don't know" and changes the subject or she's all "yeah, that sounds good", which means she doesn't want to think about it. The next few weeks are going to be rough.

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Well, the only thing that I planned to do last night that actually ended up happening was that I bought the fabric and embroidery floss I need for the bridesmaid dress, but I ended up not getting enough, so it's back to the store tonight.

I did manage to disassemble and re-stuff my dress form. It's been a while since she and I were actually the same size and shape, so it was way overdue. She looked pretty lumpy and weird at first, but as soon as I put a corset on her, she looked like me again.

Brought a few small things to work on. I didn't have any sewing project with me yesterday, and I nearly crawled out of my skin with boredom. So, I have some ruching to trim, and a stomacher to work on, and that should keep me occupied until the end of the day.

I should be able to cut out the top for the bridesmaid dress tonight so I can embroider it while at work tomorrow. Then, assembly on Saturday and Sunday, and I'll be done with it!

2018 Costume Planning and Random Thoughts
I updated the list on my blog of all the events I intend to attend next year, and holy travel fund, Batman, I'm going to need to start doing some saving! As it stands right now:

Elizabethan Dressing Demonstration - February, 2018 - Watauga, TX

Francaise Dinner - March 17, 2018, Arlington, VA

Party Like a Vanderbilt: Titanic Weekend at the Biltmore Estate - April 13 -15- Asheville, NC

Fetes Galantes - May 29, 2018 - Versailles, France

Costume College - July 26 - 30, 2018 - Los Angeles, CA

Star Trek Convention Las Vegas - August 1 - 5, 2018 - Las Vegas, NV


So costume. Very travel. Wow.Collapse )

Whew. So much fun stuff on the horizon! The plan for today is to sketch out the embroidery for M's Versailles suit so I can start prepping pieces tomorrow. I still have to get the bridesmaid dress out of the way, so I'll pick up some fabric tonight and start draping. Hopefully I can finish it up this weekend. Then it's 100% Versailles sewing!

No event for me
Well, all that sewing was for naught, since I work up Saturday morning with a mild migraine. Ugh. I literally haven't had one in years, and now my head decides to be unruly? Turned out it was the prelude to a mild head cold, which I'm still fighting off. Yeesh. It couldn't have waited until Monday?

I spent the majority of Saturday and Sunday in bed. I slept for about 15 hours on Sunday, which seems to have helped. I still have a fever blister on my tongue that is making it really hard to talk, so that's fun.

At least I'm getting to see the photos from the day, which is nice. The costumed turn-out seemed low, but it looked like there were several new people that showed up in civvies to check out the group, so that's good.

Since I don't have to rush anymore, I'm going to go back and rework some things on the sacque that I did sloppily or left off for time's sake. I only had one sleeve ruffle, when I really wanted three, so I'm going to take my sleeves apart and add the other two flounces, and the fit of the CF could be better, so I'm going to tweak that a bit. The petticoat also needs more floof. I'm planning to pick up some paper tape after work today so I can make a new 18thC dress form, which will help with fitting tremendously. I also didn't finish M's waistcoat completely, so I'm going to work on that. Hopefully I'll have enough time to finish everything well before the Georgian Picnic in November, but it's a toss up since my sister's wedding falls right between then and now, and the next few weeks might get eaten up by wedding stuff, and I still have to make my bridesmaid gown. Hopefully I can knock that out this week sometime so I don't have to think about it anymore.

Almost all of my weekends between now and the middle of October are booked. Two weekends are taken up with bridal and wedding showers, then there's a vintage airshow in Dallas, my Mom's birthday, a night at the ballet, and my sister's wedding. 90% of it isn't costume related (I may or may not make something vintage-y to wear to the airshow), with only minimal sewing involved for the bridesmaid dress, so hopefully I can get some costume work done during the week. I've really enjoyed having projects to take with me to work for when it's slow.

Next on the agenda, some clothes for M. The horsehair canvas I ordered should be here by Thursday according to tracking, so that means I can finish his waistcoat properly soon. I picked up some fabulous black brocade (at Walmart!) that he'd been eyeing, so that will become a new coat for the Georgian Picnic. There are two embroidered suit jackets that need to be done. I have the embroidery sketched out and the fabric out of storage for the red suit, so I'll probably work on it first. I have the teal silk for his other suit, I just need to decide on an embroidery pattern so I can get started. His silk embroidered waistcoat needs finishing, too, which will happen once the horsehair is in. I don't have any plans for my own costumes between now and the end of the year, so I'm going to try and focus as much as possible on his wardrobe. He needs some complete outfits!

Crunch time
Entering panic mode. So much left to do. How can I give myself so much lead time and still be working down to the wire?!

Halfway there!
I finished side one of the waistcoat!


I still need to do the fill pattern on the main body, but the big part is finished. I'll prep the other side tonight so I can do the border tomorrow. Then, hopefully, pocket surround on Wednesday, buttons and fill on side two on Thursday, and assembly Thursday night after work! Huzzah!

Sewing whirlwind
I pushed to get as much sewing done this weekend as I could. I am so far behind because last week ended up being a flurry of wedding stuff with my sister - I helped her shop for some wedding-appropriate shapewear, her bridal pictures were on Thursday, and Friday was her bachelorette party. All of that stuff took up any free time I had after work last week, so I lost four days of sewing time (M doesn't pick me up until 9 on Tuesdays, so it was a wash, too) and it really set me back.

I managed to get accomplished what I set out to do over the weekend, which was finish the trim on the gown skirts. I was really hoping to get further along than that, like getting the back pleats tacked down, but that was an optimistic stretch goal, and it didn't happen. Adding the blue edging trim really took a lot longer than I expected. It's an elastic trim, so I didn't want to use the machine to stitch it on in fear of it stretching and making things wonky, so I had to hand-sew all of it on, which took forever. But, I do love how the blue makes the gown pop, and I'm glad I got to stick with my original color scheme.

I need to pick up the fabric for the skirt facings so I can get that sewn in, and then I can finally attach the skirt to the bodice. I still need to cut out sleeves, flounces, stomacher, and robings, but I'm in the home stretch now. I am debating on whether or not to add a flounce to the petticoat, above the serpentine trimmings, but I'll only do that if I have time once the gown is finished. I'll have some late nights finishing everything up before the event, either way.

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I have M's waistcoat with me to embroider today, and I'm hoping to finish all the decorative work on it by Wednesday so I can assemble it on Thursday. No new coat for him, though, so I'm going to try and make him a new pair of breeches to go with his burgundy coat. ~sigh~ At least he'll have a new shirt and waistcoat.

After this, I'll have to make my bridesmaids dress, then I want to finish the Great Pumpkin for the Georgian Picnic. I draped a new bodice for it while I was draping the lining for this sacque dress, so the hard part is over. My stays need some adjustment under the arms, though, as they cut a little high into my armpits. Not comfy. No time to fix that before Casanova, though, so it'll have to wait until after my sister's wedding. So much to do!

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Didn't get anything done on the waistcoat or the dress yesterday. I had everything with me, but I got totally sidetracked planning stuff for the Paris trip next year. I found a nice little flat right across from the palace gates, which I'm planning to book with my next paycheck. Then it will really be real! I'll have the first part BOOKED.

We'll have three days in Versailles, one for jetlag recovery and exploring the town, one for touring Versailles and the for the Ball, and another for Ball recovery and repacking, and then four in Paris itself. I found a studio flat for rent on AirB&B, right down the street from the Louvre. I'm still planning the itinerary for Paris, but so far I know I want to hit the Louvre and the Catacombs. I'd love to do Monet's garden, but it's a bit out of the way. There's plenty to see within walking distance of our flat. I sort of hate leaving things up to chance, especially with such a short time frame to do everything in. I need schedules and pre-purchased tickets! M is totally one of those "let's just walk around town and eat a bunch of stuff" travelers, while I'm the "We have a tour at 10, followed by lunch at X, then a tour at 2, with tea at X afterward..." sort of traveler.

The Germany leg of the trip is a little more up in the air right now. I had originally planned for us to head to Ludwigslust and stay there, but I found an absolutely beautiful bed & breakfast in Emmendorf, which is just up the road from where my grandparents used to live in the north.


Soooo preeeetty. I was planning for us to rent a car up there anyway, so it doesn't really matter where we stay. I'm also drawn to the Strampenhof in Bad Bavensen since it's right in the middle of town and the grounds are really pretty. But, there's a huge price difference between it and the place in Emmendorf, and my wallet usually has final say.


There's a bullet train to the south that will take us to Kirchheim unter Teck, where my family lives, and we'll spend the last four days of our trip there. I want to hit Lichtenstein castle, Ludwigsburg palace, and the reconstructed Roman villa/open air museum since late antiquity is M's chosen field. I also want to take a day trip into Tubingen to show him where we would have been living if I'd done grad school there. Most of those trips will take the entire day, but we can definitely stop at places to and from each of those destinations, so more planning is in order.

I want to squeeze in at least two visits every day, which I think is doable without getting overwhelmed. Maybe a couple of days we can squeeze in three or four stops if we stay in the same town, but I don't want to come back from vacation exhausted. XP

In totally unrelated news, the trim for the gown finally arrived after being detoured a dozen times over. I'm trying to decide which one to use now. I have a narrow blue trim, and a peach colored lace I could dye, but I also realized that I'm running low on time now, and I'm wary of taking time to dye something that might not turn out. ~bites nails~ Even though everyone that commented on it overwhelmingly liked the peach trim better, I think I'll do the blue. Ugh. I hate that I'm working down to the wire on this again.

Thankfully, I have the house to myself this weekend, so I'm going to really run hard at getting the dress finished so I can work on M's suit over the rest of the week. It's definitely crunch time now, and I can't afford to lose another minute.

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Another late night last night, waiting for M to get out of class. I had my embroidery with me, but ran out of floss before I could finish the first side of the waistcoat. Still, I'm really happy with how it's looking.


Thinking back on it, I should have brought the other side to prep for embroidery, but I was so incredibly sluggish this morning that it just didn't occur to me. Ah, well. I'm still pretty confident that I'll have it done by the event, so I'm not overly worried about missing a day.

I do need to start on his coat and breeches soon, so I'll probably take a stab at those tomorrow night. No time to embroider those, though, so they'll just be plain. I'll have to dig through the storage unit to find my purple satin, but I know it's in there somewhere.

My trim seems to be bouncing between distribution centers. It was in the Fort Worth distribution center yesterday, and I just checked on it and for some unknown reason, it was sent to Austin. WTF, postal service? That's the wrong way! Ugh. Getting antsy about finishing the dress. There's still a lot to do.


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